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Quality of Life for Older Australians

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
5 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

The term quality of life is multidimensional and highly subjective. At a basic level, it describes the ability for an individual to be healthy, comfortable and participate in life events (Jenkinson 2020).

In healthcare, quality of life includes emotional, physical, material and social wellbeing (Jenkinson 2020).

Ensuring that clients enjoy a high quality of life is an essential component of delivering person-centred care (Gilkes 2017).

The importance of facilitating quality of life for clients is outlined in several of the Aged Care Quality Standards, which apply to all government-funded aged care services: Standard 1: Consumer Dignity and Choice, Standard 3: Personal Care and Clinical Care, Standard 4: Services and Supports for Daily Living, Standard 5: Organisation’s Service Environment and Standard 8: Organisational Governance.

What Does Quality of Life Encompass?

As stated, quality of life is a broad and subjective concept that depends upon an individual’s perceptions, values and goals. In aged and home care settings, quality of life can mean:

  • Being treated with dignity and respect;
  • Feeling safe and secure;
  • Being supported and encouraged to raise any concerns they may have;
  • Absence of uncomfortable physical symptoms (e.g. pain, nausea);
  • Emotional wellbeing;
  • Physical and cognitive ability to function in daily life;
  • Maintaining meaningful and close interpersonal relationships;
  • Ability to participate in and enjoy social activities;
  • Financial satisfaction;
  • Sexuality, body image and intimacy;
  • Having the ability to make informed decisions;
  • Adequate hydration and nutrition;
  • A dining experience that allows for variety, choice and comfort;
  • Maintaining hydration and nutrition;
  • The ability to maintain independence (if possible); and
  • Having a sense of purpose and identity;
Delivery
Title
Quality of Life for Older Australians
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Agedcare, Palliative care
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
5 minutes
Start Date
21-May-2020
End Date
21-May-2023
CPD Points
5 minutes of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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